Carson Chamber’s Soups On to feature City Manager Nick Marano |

Carson Chamber’s Soups On to feature City Manager Nick Marano

Nevada Appeal staff report

Carson City is changing daily as work progresses to create a more walkable and bike-friendly downtown.

Changing the face of the downtown is the core of the many projects the city has undertaken to provide a better quality of life for the city’s citizens.

Completed is the $8 million Multi-Purpose Athletic Center, affectionately known as the Big Mac, that had been on the drawing board for years, now located off Russell Way and Northridge Drive beside the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Nevada.

Already under construction is the $5 million animal shelter to be completed this summer. Focus now is on the biggest project of them all — the $11 million re-creation of the downtown between William to Fifth streets to include the closing of Third Street.

The Board of Supervisors raised the sales tax to be able to bond for these long-awaited projects derailed by the downturn in the economy. Former City Manager Larry Werner championed the change and current City Manager Nick Marano, a former Marine Corps Colonel, has been assigned to oversee all projects to fruition.

Marano will provide an update on the downtown project and what citizens and businesses can expect as construction crews dig up the streets to replace aging infrastructure thought to be at least 50 years old and to prepare the now four-lane street to be reduced to three lanes without medians at the Carson City Chamber’s luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Gold Dust West. The event is open to the public. Luncheon cost is $16. To RSVP, call 882-1565 or online at